Taxes are due today, April 15th.  Everyone qualifies to request and be granted a tax filing extension, but that extension doesn't come without penalties.  If you owe money in your taxes, it's still due today, otherwise, you face a penalty on top of what you owe. 

A tax professional can give you an idea if you owe money and you can make arrangements through the IRS to schedule a payment plan.  For those who will be receiving a return, filing an extension will have no effect on them.  You can do so for free and you will not face any fees or penalties to do so.  Your returns must be postmarked no later than today, unless you are filing electronically.  The IRS says they will accept returns with an April 15th postmark without any risk of penalties.  However, post offices will only be open during regular hours, so make sure you drop off your mail before the close of business.


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